Grief

GCW speaks of injury, loss, and grief

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Have you seen? I have lost many branches in my long life, The dead sumps and scars are here to be seen, the bark still protruding where it once protected a dear limb, now white and rotting on the earth at my roots.

Have you lost something precious, someone dear? Does your heart grieve? All living things know loss. Sickness and health. Injury and healing. Having and losing. Grasping and letting go. Falling and rising again, perhaps to a new reality you didn’t ask for and don’t want.

Can you sit and breathe through the tears? That is enough for now, simply sit and feel and breathe, even though your tears may fall. Can you love yourself, the part of you that feels what all others who have walked this earth have felt? Can you simply love yourself as you sit and breathe and feel?

For love heals. The breath heals. Feeling heals. Tears heal.

Expect nothing. Simply sit and feel and breathe. Like waves on the shore – in and out in and out, the rhythm of life.

Aging

GCW speaks of getting older

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Surrender, my dears to life. Life moves you downstream on the river finally to merge with all that is.

Perhaps you’ve awakened from sleep and seen a gray haired man or woman looking out of the mirror at you, or lines on your face that you can no longer pretend away. Perhaps the dreams you’ve held dear since childhood no longer feed your soul. Can you find the gold in this mud?

Can you let go of those dreams, desires, beliefs that once seemed so vital and precious but are now hollow and stale, outdated and obsolete?

Can you conjure a new dream for this time of your life? What desires still hold your heart’s attention?

What new dreams will carry you to the end of this life and beyond – with eager anticipation, passion and delight – so that as your body ages your life’s true work comes into focus, your spirit feels joy, your heart sings? For your heart can sing now in older years, without embarrassment, with true wisdom and beauty, the song of your soul.

Embrace yourself as you are with a whole heart. Live from the inside (soulside) out for the outside of you is just a temporary wrapper for the spirit.

Love is…

Q.   L of Ames, Iowa asks: What is love?

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A.   Love, my dear, is your natural state of being. Do you remember what you felt like before you were clouded with fear, doubt, resentment, inadequacy -when you were a fetus in the womb, then an infant?

Love is the flow of the life force, unencumbered throughout your entire being – your physical bone, blood, muscle, tissue, and spirit, your aura, your energy. It is the highest, most delightful vibration. It isn’t solemn or stuffy or “good”. It simply is the thread that weaves the web of life and holds the universe together.

You are made of this thread. You are part of this fabric, interwoven with all existence. Behind all the clouds in your mind is the bright and shining foundation of all that is, the design and structure of your being.  As in the song, it is “a crazy little thing called love”… except it is a big thing.  It is the only thing.

You will find it inside of yourself, this love, and nowhere else. What seems like love outside of yourself is only a mirror of who and what you are.  Enjoy your reflection!

Let this love that you are shine through little by little just as the sun rises over the horizon until all is light! Allow yourself to connect with it at your core. Learn to feel it know it and live it.

You are love itself.

Anxiety

GCW speaks of anxiety

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Dear ones, we can feel that the energy you call anxiety is contagious. You feel it and pick it up from each other. It is in the air, so to speak. In the atmosphere around an anxious person.

Those on a similar wavelength tune in and the red frenetic energy you call anxiety spreads to the other like a virus. It is like what you call panic, and can spread like fire through a family or group of people.

This does not help anyone! It saps your strength and power, distracts you from your inner light, as you are felled by the churning in your gut, the tense neck, the heart that hurts, the throat that closes up…

My dears, you do not have to be imprisoned by these feelings of anxiety. Learn to breathe deeply from the belly. The heaviness you feel will clear like clouds before a breeze. Run, swim, walk, move. You are meant to move! Dance. You must move as much as you can, to be fully who you are meant to be. Your body is not designed to be still!

All feelings must move, all beings, all energies must move! If not, you become stagnant like the smelly water backed up in the creek on a hot summer day.

Surround yourselves with people who light you up! Hug a tree like me and imagine your roots growing deep in the earth as if pulled be a magnet to her core. Then feel the stability when the winds of emotion blow. You are anchored and nothing can knock you down.

Trees and rooted things do not know anxiety or worry,doubt or fear. We can be an example to you! Are you open to that?

Put your hands on your heart and breathe deeply. In this way you calm yourself and soothe yourself. Know that in this exact moment place and time you are safe.

Your wild nature

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GCW speaks of your wild nature

Reclaim the wild heart of you. Not wild like “crazy”, not wild like “out of control”. Wild as in expansive, trusting yourself and your gut feelings. Wild as in feeling your bodily sensations, trusting your body, knowing what you feel, and expressing that with power. Wild as in free, unrestrained by shame in your self expression. Wild as in living by the beat of your heart – not the worry and doubt of your brain. Wild as in the ancestors who painted on cave walls, delving and digging deep into the soul of the earth, drawing up their sustenance from the heart of bedrock, soil, mud, rooted things, fast moving streams, and the flesh and blood of the animals that share our planet.

As you make your way in this earth of windswept beaches, unexplored ocean depths, icy mountain peaks, ancient forests, trackless deserts, know that this is your home, a mirror of you.

Getting real

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GCW speaks of getting real:

Touch the blood and sinew, the messy heart of life as you reach closer to the center of yourself where you are real – real with no apology or excuse. In this inner place you are completely and 100% you without baggage, without fear, without agenda. Do this, my dear, and your feelings will flow, your inspirations will guide you, your life will unfold as you have dreamed!

Be willing to face the dark, the mess, the shadow inside, for that is you also. Unite the light and dark in yourself and become whole. If you are afraid, find someone to take your hand and guide you on your soul’s journey. Enter the dark cave and find your way to the light. Healing of the spirit is possible for you in this lifetime.

Being whole feels good! It satisfies your soul, it lifts your heart! You think this being whole is for “holy”, pasty, ephemeral, head-in-the-clouds, deity worshipers, and those who wear saffron robes and chant endlessly… those who have no spark in their eye. Wrong! It is for you – the gutsy, powerful, earthy you who bridges spirit and body, and who has come into this life of blood and bone and muscle and messy emotions on this earth at this time. You are meant to be here now!

You are not alone

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GCW speaks to those who feel alone.

You have never been alone! You are surrounded by the loving spirits of this earth, the magnificent cottonwood, the oak, the maples, all trees, all growing things, all animals, birds, insects. The earth herself envelopes you in her sweet embrace and has done since before you were born. Your ancestors who have crossed to the light have been with you since before time began.

You have been trained away from the knowing and feeling and sensing these dear energies from your earliest childhood by practical efficient mothers and distracted fathers. It is those among us who walk between worlds, who connect deeply and root to the soil, who also rise up to know the light who are finely tuned to the frequencies of these spirits. These sensitive ones bridge the worlds of spirit and matter for you. They interpret what you do not see or know with your five senses.

If you think you are alone, unloved, forgotten, think again! The whisper of the wind in our leaves and branches, the path of sunlight across the sky, the twitter of birdsong and flutter of wings, the sighing of tall grasses, the murmur of the flooded creek are all messages to you from all that is! Learn to read this unwritten language, the language of love and you will no longer feel alone. It is a gift, a love letter from the earth and heavens to you, my beloved.

You can learn this language if it is your desire, for it is part of your heritage and your innate wisdom!

Afraid of getting close

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E of central Iowa asks:

Dear GCW, I want several close friends but I’m afraid getting close will cause me to lose part of myself. I feel split in two.

Do you feel you must choose between having a personality and being alone?

You were boxed in and controlled as a child. Other people represented a threat to your spirit, so you had to hide your true self deep within and protect the soft heart and soul, the sweet tender bud of you.

You still keep yourself apart for fear others will steal your soul, but you and you alone are in command of your soul and your life energies! My dear beloved, you are no longer a dependent child. You no longer need to pull in and shield your uniqueness, your true light, your wise self from others who misunderstand you. You’ve been given a body, free will, and you are a soul that will endure beyond the boundaries of time and space. You can learn this now, or in another lifetime. My beloved one, which do you choose?

Hiding your light from others for fear of theft or attack has become a bad habit you first learned as a child for self protection. It is time to reclaim your power to be do and have all you desire, all you are, to live with your dial turned to the highest setting possible! Joy!

Know that you are the captain of your ship now! You too can be fully yourself, surrounded by friends who love you just as you are!

Resolutions for change

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GCW speaks of “resolutions” for change:

It is the time of year to turn inward, reflect, recalibrate, and rethink. Is your life unfolding in a pleasing way? Are you happy? Do you need and want change but fear you can’t make it happen? My dear, change begins within the silent secret recesses of your soul. Allow yourself to access this sacred place within, the inner sanctuary where your spirit dwells.

What does your soul (not your brain that over-thinks, worries, and doesn’t know squat) desire for you – for this precious and fleeting lifetime? It is not too late, never too late to focus the best of yourself on this task. Let your words, thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and actions all be in agreement with your most heartfelt desires. It is that simple! Align all of your energy with your desires. Live your life. Repeat!

Be gentle, kind, and a friend to yourself as you learn this new way of living. You are in control, you are the boss. You set the tone of your life, and this tone is what you will see and feel reflected back to you in this dear sweet life you’ve been given.

The earth beneath your feet

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GCW speaks of the Earth beneath your feet

My dearest, do you pause to think about the foundation of your physical existence, the earth beneath your feet? It is supporting us, giving us a home that meets our needs, supplying all we desire even beyond the needs of the body.

This earth, constructed of metal, stone, bedrock, particles of soil, the organic matter of years past, the atmosphere that mirrors your own auras; this you are freely given. It is yours to care for and make a home. Do you know the opportunity you have before you, to be in this place at this time, to be focused in a body on this magnificent earth, this priceless gift?

Are you open to the deeper meaning of your existence? You are not just here to have children, make money, buy things, and die. You are here to fulfill your soul’s deep need for satisfaction and wholeness. The earth supports your growth and the evolution of your soul.

You will continue to have chances to carry out the inspirations you have ignored in the past. Now is the time to allow them to carry you forward and create the beautiful, joyful life you came here to live.

You are beloved! More and more you are beginning to know you are more than your bodies. More and more you know that your life is not about acquiring more stuff. More and more you follow the guidance of source that is your lifeline and your constant companion. More and more will your earth and all creatures who inhabit our sweet green earth be blessed.